This will be my first outdoor class as well as moving out independently in the group setting.
While I instruct in the studio, fitness center enviroment , both group and indiviual. I will be offering a beginner Pilates Mat class outdoors.
Any tips, or advice for outdoor fitness classes of any type including Pilates?
Thanks for your comments and suggestions.
In my experience teaching classes outdoors, make sure you’re clear of bees which can be a big distraction. I love being outdoors when it’s warm out, people move more expansively and it’s great for the spirit as well. If you choose to use music, the portable BOSE system is perfect. It has great power and is light.
The best place to start is to contact the parks and recreation department in your community. Verify and confirm if and what you need to teach an outdoor class. Usually, if it’s a free community based class you will get a green light. A fee based class will require jumping through a couple of hoops. The prior is a great self promoting tool and gives back to the community. Tips for teaching in the great outdoors are have an arsenal of supplies for your students to make the experience comfortable: bug spray, disinfectant wipes, tissue, first aid kit, ice packs, bottled water, and sign in sheet with pen. As well as have students sign a general waiver prior to class. Outdoor classes are fun to teach and take!
Kelsey and Heike’s info is very detailed and I agree. Maybe bring along props like bands or magic circles if you are able to add in another element. Bands are great to help people modify or stretch out tight hamstrings/hips. They can also help with standing arms work or seated rowing. Make sure to have fun, walk around so everyone can hear you and demo if needed. Enjoy!